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Life Undercover #73
by Thanos K & Asa B
2008-11-02 08:53:11
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It is time to change the sheets... our inquisitive duvet-loving hero has some female company now asking the great questions of life, religion and the universe.

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Emanuel Paparella2008-11-02 16:19:17
This is a true, well documented story on the above as told by no less than Immanuel Kant. Father Labar, a Dominican missionary, reprimanded an African carpenter for his haughty treatment of his wives. As Kant tells the story, the carpenter replied thus: "you whites are indeed fools, for first you make great concessions to your wives, and afterward you complain when they drive you mad." To which Kant adds a comment which may be the single most appaling sentence ever written by a great thinker: "And it might be that there were something in this which perhaps deserved to be considered, but in short, this fellow was quite black from head to foot, a clear proof that what he said was stupid."

The lesson here seems tot be that even the great Kant could not evaluate the merits of a statement on its own rather than the mouth that proffered. What can we expect of those who judge everything from whether or not it agrees with their views?

P.S. I wonder if Kant would have voted for Obama.


Sand2008-11-02 17:32:23
And perhaps the rest of Kant's thinking should not remain immune to further enlightened criticism.


Emanuel Paparella2008-11-02 18:26:11
Kant's writings have long been judged on their own merits, not on his biases and have been found excellentl that is the reason why he is considered the greatest of modern philosophers. Those who would reject them because of the above anecdote, are like those who spit to the sky. As per the laws of nature, the spit will promptly come back to their face. Kant would be the first one to suggest that his personal foibles be not confused with his philosophy worked out under the aegis of reason. Incidentally, he also posited beyond the phenomenon, the neumenon, beyond reason of which reason cannot speak; which does not mean it does not exist, as the rationalists and the materialists of this world go around peddling.


Sand2008-11-02 18:30:09
I see that I have touched a sensitive point. So therefore beyond his raw prejudices, Kant remains untouchable.


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